12 diciembre 2018

Manwha review: Tarot Café - The Collector's Edition, Vol. 1

"A Gothic fairy tale that gets more
twisted with each chapter."

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I still remember when I started reading Tarot Café, a manhwa from Sang-Sun Park. It was a series I fell in love with, something I remember very well and with characters I will love no matter how much time passes. Putting my hands on the Collector's Edition, Volume 1, was more than glorious!
Pamela is the owner of Tarot Café, a business that looks perfectly normal, until the night comes, when special customers arrive. Instead of asking for food or drink, these magical beings need a card reading, and Pamela's an impressive diviner who often reveals the lives of clients without knowing anything about them, but also gives them the guidance they need if they want to take the right decision.
However, there's more than meets the eye. Pamela seems to have a dark past that we don't discover so quickly. She conceals her own story to everyone, although that will change when she comes face to face with a doppelganger, a contemporary version of her late lover.
"Characters I will love no matter
how much time passes."
This book contains the first three original volumes of the series, a total of 10 chapters with Gothic charm, dark fantasy magic and sensual romances with touches of fairy tale. However, these are not Disney-style sugary versions, but rather like the original stories that many ignore. Since I also read the cards, seeing real meanings and well-interpreted readings gives a lot of points to this story.
Sang-Sun Park has an addictive style that makes you read Tarot Café in one sitting. The characters create a Gothic fairy tale that gets more twisted with each chapter. It's almost impossible to get your hands out of the book once you start reading, but then there's this funny thing called life that gets in the way.
The art of the pages is simply amazing, beautiful, just like the original covers. They have a dark aesthetic that respects the sensations of the series, its atmosphere and style in general. This makes me wonder why the editors used a completely different cover. Of course, times change and the original covers might not be marketable (I'd buy them anyway, to be honest,) but at least they could have kept the legacy of the art.
Out of this, it's an excellent series, a very well-designed fantasy saga designed to delight readers. Do yourself a favor and read it. Everyone should read Tarot Café!

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